This accessibility statement applies to https://www.ukfiet.org

This website is run by UKFIET – The Education and Development Forum. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and we are committed to making it accessible for users with disabilities.

For example, this means that you should be able to:

    •     change colours, contrast levels and fonts
    •     zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
    •     navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
    •     navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
    •     listen to most of the website using a screen reader (such as JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

How accessible this website is

We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  •     Older PDF and Word documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software.
  •     The colour contrast for some text and interface components may not meet WCAG standards.
  •     Line height or spacing of text cannot be modified
  •     Some images do not have good alternative text
  •     Some buttons are not correctly identified

Most of the site is fully accessible to screen readers and to those using assistive technology. This includes the use of text alternatives for images, links and buttons.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact us and tell us:

  •     the web address (URL) of the content
  •     your name and email address

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact info@ukfiet.org.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

UKFIET is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

Most of the content elements in our website are accessible and do not contain the problems below. This has been confirmed by internal testing.

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Navigation

  • The search button is not implemented correctly so it is not keyboard operable and not announced correctly by a screen reader. This means both sighted keyboard users and screen reader users will have difficulty accessing the information contained within this element. This fails WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value).
  • The desktop and mobile search fields both have the same ID. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 (Parsing).
  • Some interactive elements such as links and buttons do not have a clear outline to show when they are in focus. This means that someone who is using the keyboard tab key to access these elements cannot be clear when a link or other element is in focus and can be activated. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible).
  • On the home page, users navigating the posts slider with a keyboard may become trapped as focus is forced back to the current slide. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.2 (No Keyboard Trap)

Page structure

  • Heading elements are not always used correctly, which can make it difficult for some users to discern the structure of the webpage. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and relationships).

Images

  • Some decorative images need to be marked as decorative within the code so screen reader technology can simply ignore these images. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text content).
  • Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. There are instances of text alternatives being present, but non-descriptive. This means that people using screen readers are not accessing the correct meaning of an image. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Colour contrast

  • Some text does not provide enough contrast with the background, making it more difficult to read. For example, some navigation text and some text on coloured buttons. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast).
  • The borders around some input fields, radio buttons, and check boxes do not provide enough contrast with the background colour, making them difficult to distinguish. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.11 (Non-text Contrast).

Forms

  • On our newsletter subscription form, the descriptions for checkboxes cannot be identified by a screen reader. This makes it difficult for people using a screen reader to complete the form. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships) and 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions)

Links  

  • Some link text does not describe the content’s context, leaving a screen reader user unsure about clicking a link. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships) and 2.4.4 (Link Purpose – In Context). 
  • There are instances of link text fields being empty. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.4 (Link Purpose – In Context). 
  • Some links are not easily distinguishable from the surrounding text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.3 (Sensory Characteristics), 1.4.1 (Use of Colour) and 1.4.11 (Non-text Contrast).

We plan to address all of the above issues by December 2021.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our older PDFs and Word documents may not provide the information required by assistive technology. We are striving to make older documents accessible and ensuring new PDFs and Word documents published after September 2018 meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standards. Documents created for print distribution may not be fully accessible due to font sizing and layout issues.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Pre-recorded video and audio content

We have pre-existing video and audio content on some of our blog posts. Videos may not have audio descriptions or a transcript or may use a third-party captioning function that is not always accurate. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix issues with video content published before 23 September 2020.

Third party embedded content

We are aware that some third-party content appearing on our site does not have titles that are accessible to screen readers. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix issues with third-party audio and video content as this functionality is outside of our control.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

UKFIET is working hard to fix the above issues by the end of 2021 and in the majority of cases these issues are not present on our web pages. We will perform regular audits to identify and fix accessibility problems and when we publish new content, we strive to ensure it meets the highest possible accessibility standards.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This website was last tested in June 2021. The test was performed using a combination of manual and automated methods on a sample of page types, ensuring that all website functionality was subject to testing.

This testing will continue to be carried out to ensure that UKFIET is constantly monitoring and improving accessibility.